Married to Chelsey...they have a son, Colton (11/20/15)...Is a 2005 graduate of Tullahoma (TN) High School...during high school career, had a 12-strikeout nohitter (7.0 ip) against Franklin County High of Winchester, his father's alma mater...His father, Ricky, was a sixth-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 1968...Was named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger High School All-American team...played baseball at Motlow State Community College...in 2006, led all Tennessee JUCO pitchers with a 0.91 ERA, while striking out 108 batters in 79.0 innings...had high school uniform #15 retired on January 4, 2013.
Missed the majority of the season with a lumbar disc herniation...was placed on the 15-day disabled list from May 26 (retro to May 25) until Sept. 19 (transferred to the 60-day DL on June 30...posted a 3.06 ERA in 24 relief outings with the Marlins prior to going on the DL...Recorded his first career save on May 9 vs. Milwaukee...Was sent to the Gulf Coast Marlins for a rehabilitation assignment in late August and appeared in three games...Was outrighted to triple-A New Orelans on Sept. 22 and finished the season with the Hammerheads, appearing in one game.
Appeared in career-high 67 games for Marlins, going 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA (63.0 ip/22 er)...Started season by allowing 12 earned runs over first 26 appearances, going 3-1 with 4.10 ERA. Over final 41 games, allowed just 10 earned runs in 36.2 innings for 2.45 ERA...Went 5-0 with 3.00 ERA (33.0/11) in 36 games at Marlins Park and 0-4 with 3.30 ERA (30.0/11) in 31 road appearances...Recorded 100th career strikeout on April 25 vs. Washington, getting Bryce Harper looking...Missed 21 games due to DL stint from June 7-30 with a lower back strain...Tossed season-high 2.0 innings on May 9 at San Francisco, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Equaled total five times over remainder of season...Tied career-highs with four runs (second time) and four hits allowed (fourth time) on May 4 at Washington. Also surrendered four runs to St. Louis on Sept. 6, 2013...Tied career high with four strikeouts on July 10 against Cincinnati in Miami's 1-0 loss. Also recorded four strikeouts on June 11, 2013 vs. San Francisco...Among relievers with at least 25 inherited runners, ranked sixth in National League with 16.0% of inherited runners scoring (4-of-25).
Acquired by Miami from Pittsburgh on June 1 and went 4-1 with a 0.66 ERA (40.2 IP/3 ER) in 39 relief appearances for Marlins...Had been 4-0 with 3.80 ERA (23.2/10) in 21 outings for Pittsburgh prior to trade...After June 1, had lowest ERA in Majors for any reliever (min. 25 games), ahead of Matt Thornton (0.68) and Wade Davis (0.76)...Overall for season, combined for sixth-best ERA among National League relievers, at 1.82 (64.1/13); ranked 15th in Majors...Season ended prematurely due to right groin strain; made last appearance on September 9...Earned eighth win on Sept. 9 at Milwaukee; ?nished tied for fourth in MLB in wins by a reliever...Suffered lone loss of season on Sept. 6 vs. Atlanta, snapping career-best seven-game winning streak...First reliever to record at least six wins with no losses at All-Star Break since Jonathan Broxton in 2009 with the Dodgers (6-0)...Went 21.1 innings over 17 games without allowing an earned run after being ac-quired by Marlins; that set new Club record for longest such streak to begin a ca-reer with Club. - Elias...Streak was snapped on July 12 at Mets (1.0 IP, 2 h, r, er, so)
2013 SEASON: Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis...Recorded two saves in his first two appearances (3.0ip/0h/0r/0bb/2so)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 4/12 when Chris Leroux was designated for assignment...Tossed 3.0 scoreless innings vs. St. Louis on 4/15...Was optioned back to Indy on 4/16...Recorded three more saves in three Triple-A outings from 4/19-28 (3.1ip/1er)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 4/30 when Jonathan Sanchez was designated for assignment...Suffered loss at Milwaukee on 4/30 (2.0ip/1er); gave up solo homer to Jean Segura with score tied 8-8 in the seventh inning...Picked up his first Major League win the following day in Milwaukee...Made four straight scoreless outings (5.2ip) from 5/8-16...Gave up two runs in 2.0ip and suffered second loss on 5/18 vs. Houston...Pitched a scoreless inning on 5/24 at Milwaukee...Was optioned to Indianapolis on 5/27, but returned the following day when Jose Contreras went on the disabled list...Picked up wins in back-to-back games on 5/29-30 vs. Detroit...Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings on 6/2 vs. Cincinnati and grounded out in his first big league at bat...Threw 50 pitches in a career-high 3.2 innings of scoreless relief on 6/5 at Atlanta...Pitched 10.0 innings of no-hit ball over six games between 5/29 and 6/11 and tossed 15.0 consecutive scoreless innings between 5/24 and 6/17...Struck out a career-high four batters on 6/11 vs. San Francisco...Won his fourth game and also singled off Alfredo Simon for first Major League hit on 6/20 at Cincinnati...Was scored upon just once in an 11-game stretch from 7/12 to 8/6 (8.2ip/2er)...Suffered three losses during his 11 appearances in August...Had a 2.65 ERA following his outing on 8/13 at St. Louis; posted a 6.43 ERA (14.0ip/10er) in his final 16 regular season games...Posted a 2.67 ERA (33.2ip/10er) and a .216 batting average against in 28 games at PNC Park; a 4.31 ERA (31.1ip/15er) and a .269 batting average against in 27 road games...Allowed eight of his 36 inherited runners to score...Went 1-for-5 with one run scored as a batter in the big leagues.
2013 POSTSEASON: Made one appearance in the N.L.D.S. vs. St. Louis; pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Game One on 10/3.
Spent full season with Triple-A Indianapolis - his first season used exclusively in relief...Ranked third among Pittsburgh
farmhands in appearances...Led Indianapolis relief pitchers in strikeouts and innings pitched...Struck out each of the four batters he faced
in his season debut on 4/6 at Toledo (1.0ip/4so/2wp)...Recorded first of five saves on 4/15 vs. Toledo...Pitched a season-high 3.2 innings
on 5/2 at Norfolk...Picked up his first win on 5/6 vs. Louisville...Made six straight scoreless appearances from 4/27 thru 5/16 (15.1ip),
pitching at least 2.0 innings in five of the six games...Tossed 3.0 scoreless frames while earning his third save on 5/25 vs. Louisville...
Struck out six batters and gave up one unearned run in 3.0ip, but suffered loss on 6/6 at Pawtucket...Recorded saves in back-to-back
outings on 6/14 and 6/18...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 6/24, but did not appear in a game before returning to Indy on 6/25...Was
charged with one earned run in 21.0 innings over an 11-game stretch from 5/25 to 6/28, lowering his Triple-A ERA from 3.42 to 2.14...Had
a 3.37 ERA (34.2ip/13er) in his final 21 games with Indy, beginning with his outing on 7/2...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 9/10...Made his
Major League debut on 9/14 at Chicago and retired all three batters he faced...Gave up two runs in 1.0ip on 9/18 vs. Milwaukee...Did not
surrender a hit or run in his last three games (3.0ip) with the Pirates...Held Major League hitters to a .125 average (2-for-16) and allowed
one of his two inherited runners to score.
Spent entire season with Double-A Altoona...Began season in the starting rotation, but was converted to a reliever
in mid-June...Posted a 2.05 ERA (52.2ip/12er) and three saves (four chances) in 29 relief appearances...Went 1-3 with a 6.04
ERA (28.2ip/9er) in his six starts...Tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and picked up his first win in second start on 4/12 at Akron...Made three
starts before spending time on the disabled list with a left oblique strain (4/19 to 5/17)...Picked up first professional save while tossing 3.0
scoreless innings on 5/25 vs. Bowie...Also pitched 3.0 scoreless frames in his next outing to earn second save on 5/30 at Binghamton...
Suffered loss while making final start on 6/14 vs. New Britain...Earned third and final save on 6/19 vs. Harrisburg...Tossed 17.0 innings
without allowing an earned run from 6/14 to 7/18...Made eight straight scoreless appearances from 6/24 thru 7/18 (14.0ip)...Went 2-0 and
posted a 1.57 ERA (23.0ip/4er) in his last 14 games, beginning on 7/27...Did not surrender a home run in his last 26 appearances (46.1ip).
Went 9-4 with a 3.57 ERA (133.2ip/53er) in 27 combined games (24 starts) between Class-A Bradenton and
Double-A Altoona...Received the most votes of any player selected to the mid-season Florida State League All-Star team; did not
play in game due to his promotion...Was also selected to the MLB Futures Game and pitched to one batter (Altoona teammate
Gorkys Hernandez, who was playing for the World Team)...Began season with Bradenton and was charged with an earned run in
just two of his eight starts...Gave up just one run total (no earned runs) in his last five starts (30.0ip) from 4/25 thru 5/15...Was
promoted to Altoona on 5/16 and won his first Double-A start on 5/21 vs. Erie (5.1ip/1er)...Won his first two starts with the Curve
before suffering first loss in third start on 5/31 vs. Reading...Was skipped in the rotation after his start on 7/17 at Harrisburg (extra
rest)...Came back and went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (16.0ip/3er) in his next three starts thru 8/7...Won last game on 8/7 at
Harrisburg...Made last start on 8/19 at Portland...Made first career relief appearance on 8/24 vs. Erie and suffered a blown save
(1.2ip/3er)...Made two more relief appearances to end the regular season (4.0ip)...Suffered loss in relief to Trenton in Game 1 of
Eastern League Championship Series on 9/14.
Began season on the disabled list with
right shoulder tendinitis...Spent 58 days on the D.L. and was
reinstated on 6/6...Suffered loss in first start on 6/7 at Wilmington
(4.1ip/4er)...Won his next two starts, giving up a total of three runs
in 10.1ip...Lost five straight decisions from 6/26 thru 7/30...Was on
suspended list from 8/1-11 for "unprofessional conduct"...Won back-to-back starts on 8/12 and 8/19...Suffered losses in each of his last
three regular season assignments...Was the winning pitcher in Game
Five of the first round, best-of-five playoff series against Wilmington.
Went 2-6 with a 3.47 ERA (96.0ip/37er) and 83 strikeouts in 20 minor league starts...Began season with Great Lakes
(Dodgers' A) and went 0-3 with a 4.83 ERA (31.2ip/17er) in his first six starts thru 5/3...Pitched 5.0 hitless innings in a no-decision
vs. South Bend on 5/13...Tossed season-low 1.2 innings on 6/15 vs. Lansing...Pitched a two-hit shutout in game one of a doubleheader
vs. South Bend on 6/27...Was charged with just four earned runs and posted a 1.44 ERA over a five-start stretch from 6/22 thru
7/14 (25.0ip)...Suffered fourth loss with Great Lakes on 7/20 at Peoria (4.2ip/5er)...Won final game on 7/25 vs. Clinton...Went 2-
1 with a 2.16 ERA (50.0ip/12er) in his last 11 starts with Great Lakes...Was acquired by Pittsburgh organization as part of a six-player
deal on 7/31 and was assigned to Hickory (A)...Tossed 5.0 scoreless frames in his first start with the Crawdads on 8/5 vs.
Rome...Suffered losses in each of his last two starts and posted a 7.71 ERA (9.1ip/9r/8er).
Missed entire season after undergoing "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow on 9/28/06.
Began professional career with the Ogden Raptors in the Pioneer League after being selected by Los Angeles in the first
round of the June draft...Ranked second in the league in strikeouts and third in walks...Made season debut on 6/24 at Idaho Falls
and tossed 3.0 scoreless innings...Was charged with a total of four earned runs in his first four starts (12.0ip - 3.00 ERA)...Suffered
first loss on 7/15 vs. Missoula (5.0ip/2er)...Won first pro game in sixth start on 7/20 at Missoula (6.0ip/4r/3er)...Lost three straight
starts from 7/25 thru 8/6...Posted a 2.91 ERA (21.2ip/15r/7er) in five starts during the month of July...Won back-to-back starts on
8/11 and 8/16...Whiffed a season-high eight batters on 8/11 vs. Casper...Won three of his last four decisions...Had surgery on
right elbow on 9/28; surgery performed by Dr. Frank Jobe.